Affectionately known as "America's #1 Success Coach," Jack Canfield is the originator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and a leading authority in the areas of self-esteem, achievement motivation, and peak performance. [www.jackcanfield.com]
Arianna Huffington is the co-founder and Editor in Chief of the Huffington Post and the author of twelve books. [www.huffingtonpost.com]
Seth Godin is a prominent author, blogger and speaker. [www.squidoo.com/linchpin]
Krishna Kaur is the founder of YOGA for Youth, a program that takes yoga, meditation, and stimulating discussions on the philosophy of yoga to urban youth. [www.yogaforyouth.org]
Norman Lear has enjoyed a long career in television and film. He is also a political and social activist and philanthropist. [www.normanlear.com]
Leilani Münter is a professional race car driver and an environmental activist who uses her voice in the number one spectator sport in America as a catalyst for change. [www.leilanimunter.com]
By going undercover to meet slaves and slaveholders, Kevin Bales exposed modern slavery's penetration into the global economy. He co-founded Free the Slaves, which has helped to liberate thousands of slaves. [www.freetheslaves.net]
Sophie Chiche, lifebyme.com founder and curator, enjoys asking deep questions and living a life of meaning. Today she's launching Shape House, an urban sweat lodge, a place to melt away fears and fat. [www.shapehousela.com]
Entrepreneur and writer Mastin Kipp founded TheDailyLove.com, which merges pop culture with inspiration, and co-founded The Love Yourself Company, an apparel company that has started a global self-esteem movement. [www.TheDailyLove.com]
Liz Phair is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. [www.lizphair.com]
Archbishop Desmond Tutu is Chairman of The Elders, a group of world leaders who address some of the world's most pressing problems. He works energetically for human-rights and in his ministry. [www.tutu.org]
Zainab Salbi is the founder and CEO of Women for Women International, a group dedicated to helping women survivors of war rebuild their lives. [www.womenforwomen.org]
Despite his physical challenges, Sean Stephenson has taken a stand for a quality of life that has inspired millions of people around the world. He's a professional speaker, psychotherapist, and author. [www.timetostand.com]
Kia Miller teaches Yoga at Yoga Works in Los Angeles, leads teacher trainings, and runs retreats and workshops on meditation, chakras, pranayam, and mantras, and other practices. [www.kiamiller.com]
Simon Mainwaring is an ex-Nike/Wieden creative, former Worldwide Creative Director at Motorola/Ogilvy, branding/advertising writer, author/speaker/blogger, Australian, idea geek. [www.simonmainwaring.com]
Shannon Bindler is a style editor, life coach, and the co-founder of Get Up Girl, an empowerment company that inspires women to shine. [www.getupgirl.com]
Grammy-nominated art director/designer/photographer Mathieu Bitton has designed over 450 CDs and movie posters. He's a renowned collector of and authority on black films and their soundtracks. [www.candytangerine.com]
Opus Reps founder and agent-producer Jorge Perez travels the world producing photo shoots with great photographers and celebrities. He's also very involved with Meals on Wheels in Los Angeles. www.opusreps.com
There is an expression in feng shui which says that what is going on in your space is going on in your life. Our homes are both a reflection of our inner world as well as a cause in what we are manifesting. These two systems are interrelated. Outer affects inner and inner affects outer.
I have always been sensitive to my space, but as a teenager I struggled with making time to regularly clean my room. I would do what we called “the big clean” every few weeks or a month. Things would start to slowly fall apart until the next big clean.
As I grew to be more independent, and lived outside of my mother’s jurisdiction, it became more important to me that my space reflect who I felt like inside. As I have evolved over time, my relationship with my space has gone through changes, shifting and shedding similar to how a snake sheds a skin.
Not long after I moved to California I discovered feng shui: the art and science of setting up your space with intention and purpose. This had a profound impact on me and my relationship to the invisible aspects of my space as well as all of my “stuff.” I learned the importance of Life Force Energy and how to arrange things to invite success in all areas.
Even though I have cultivated this awareness, I will still start to tune out to certain parts of my space over time. Things go on automatic pilot. It’s like walking through my home is a blur. It often wasn’t until I found myself going through a health crisis that I would be called to take action. After any illness I have found that the first thing I want to do is clean. Open the windows, wash the sheets. Create a clean slate. It just feels better that way.
With a little perspective I start to become aware of how my space has been affecting me. Over time I realized it wasn’t always my outer space being invited to change, but my inner space as well. This could be my level of hydration or the thoughts I am thinking.
It is my wish for everyone to know how much power there is in making micro-shifts to your environment. Little actions, repeated, can cause enormous and profound changes in your overall health and well-being, as well as happiness, abundance and passion!
– Ariel Joseph Towne
Tune in today to see Ariel featured on The Dr. Oz Show. http://www.doctoroz.com/find-station
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grateful student. generous teacher. unionizer.
Kira Ryder is grateful for all her teachers and the teachings that have been shared with her. One of Yoga Journal’s Top Teachers Shaping the Future of Yoga in America, her teaching emphasizes tuning into the alignment within your own heart. [www.lulubandhas.com]
grounded flyer. northrup team member. self-truster.
Kate Northrup created early financial freedom and spent 2011 exploring and teaching financial, emotional, and spiritual freedom. She co-created Team Northrup, a league of wellness entrepreneurs aligned with the work of her mother, Dr. Christiane Northrup. [www.teamnorthrup.com]